Published:  12:20 AM, 12 February 2019

America's presidential politics

Politics in the United States is clearly getting into high gear again, now that a lot of people have clearly decided that each of them is qualified to be president. In this past week, or slightly more, a number of senators and others have declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the election which will be held in November next year. More prospective candidates are waiting in the wings to jump into the ring.

It is a crowded field, much like the long line-up of Republican hopefuls who converged in the period before the election of November 2016. At the time, Donald Trump improbably walked away with the nomination prize and ended up, rather mysteriously, as Barack Obama's successor in the White House. This year, all the Democrats are driven by the urge to see the back of the divisive presidency Trump has presided over. One will expect that as they wade into the campaign for the nomination of their party, they will maintain the decorum which, until Trump barged into the scene, has been the staple of elective politics in America.

With senators like Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar and with everyone else coming into the contest --- there are whispers of Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden and even Hillary Clinton contemplating a move --- the race for the Democratic nomination promises to be an energizing affair for Americans. In the end, what will matter is for the person who eventually secures the nomination to be assisted and supported by those losing out in ensuring that the man now occupying the White House is turned out of it. That is, if the Mueller investigation does not do the job before that.

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